Doctors often advise pregnant women to lead an active life. Cutting the grass can be part of this active life, though it is important that the woman takes several safety precautions during the work. While cutting the grass might be best left to someone else in the home of the pregnant woman, there is nothing wrong with her doing the work herself. She must remember to take breaks when needed, stay hydrated and follow general lawnmower safety tips.
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Things you need
- Steel-toed shoes
Wear steel-toed boots or shoes to prevent injury. While anyone cutting the grass should follow this advice, it is important that pregnant women take every safety precaution to protect both herself and the child she is carrying.
Take breaks when you feel dizzy, lightheaded or that you have overexerted yourself. Breaks are also helpful to get away from the gas fumes, if using a gas-powered mower. During your break, move in an area with clean, fresh air and breathe in it deeply.
Drink water regularly to stay hydrated. As you work, you will sweat and lose hydration, which is unhealthy during pregnancy. Keep a water bottle in your pocket or drink it when taking regular breaks.
Avoid leaning your torso on the handle of the lawnmower. When someone cutting the grass gets tired, it is easy for her to begin pushing with her body instead of her arms. If pregnant, it is vitally important to continue pushing with your arms, not your torso. If you reach the point of fatigue at which it is difficult to push, take a break or ask someone else to finish the job.
Know your limits and do not be afraid to ask for help or stop the job. Pregnant women can quickly become fatigued, so do not worry about stopping if you suddenly feel you cannot complete the work.
Tips and warnings
- Pregnant women should wear hearing protection, like anyone else who is cutting the grass. Hearing protection will protect your ears and also can prevent a headache.
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